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Concussion symptoms delay Horton's return

2/10/2012

BOSTON -- Bruins forward Nathan Horton is experiencing symptoms again from a concussion he suffered on Jan. 22, and as a result the team has decided to “pull back” on his possible return to the ice.

He began skating last week but felt lingering effects from the injury. Horton last skated on Sunday.

“He’s been pulled back and he has some symptoms,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “He’s back to square one and we’re giving him some time. Those symptoms, once he got on the ice, came back.”

Before Horton was given clearance to skate on his own late last week, he was progressing and the team felt confident he could begin to skate.

Horton suffered the injury in the second period against Philadelphia on Jan. 22 when he was on the receiving end of a late hit by the Flyers' Tom Sestito. Horton stayed in the game for the remainder of the period but sat out the third.

Horton suffered a severe concussion in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals last spring and missed the rest of the series. He also struggled at the beginning of this season and admitted that effects of the concussion may have been partly to blame.